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Why battling climate change requires a spiritual rebirth (COMMENTARY)



On Monday representatives from 195 nations gathered in Paris to grapple with the greatest moral issue of our time -- the war against Mother Earth. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warns that “It is life on our planet itself which is at stake,” and there is an “absolute urgency” to turn things around.

Catholics to U.N. climate summit: Warmer temperatures are just part of the problem

Yeb Sano, former climate change commissioner for Philippines, is so concerned about global warming that he and other Catholic pilgrims are walking 900 miles from Rome to Paris for the United Nations climate change conference. 

It's time, Sano believes, for world leaders to sign a binding agreement that helps reduce the impact of climate change.

Before 'Laudato Si'' Appalachian pastorals explored themes of mining in the mountains



From all the rich content of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” regarding theological and scriptural understandings of “Our Common Home,” one section has caught the attention of those living in the coalfields of Central Appalachia. In section 165, the pope turns to what needs to be done in light of climate change: “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels -- especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas -- needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”


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November 20-December 3, 2015


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